Slipping Away (The Rolling Stones song)

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"Slipping Away"
Song by The Rolling Stones
from the album Steel Wheels
Released 29 August 1989
Recorded March - June, 1989
Genre Rock
Length 4:30
Label Rolling Stones/Virgin
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Chris Kimsey
and The Glimmer Twins
Steel Wheels track listing

"Slipping Away" is a song by the Rolling Stones featured on their 1989 album Steel Wheels. It is sung by guitarist Keith Richards.

Credited to Richards and Mick Jagger, "Slipping Away" is a slow ballad, a form of music Richards would embrace on the Stones' later albums. It was recorded at Montserrat's Air Studios between March and June 1989.

With Richards singing, he and Ron Wood perform the song's electric guitars. Bill Wyman provides the prominent bass while Charlie Watts performs drums. The organ and piano are performed by Chuck Leavell and electric piano by Matt Clifford. The song's brass is provided by the Kick Horns. Backing vocals are performed by Richards, Jagger, Bernard Fowler, Sarah Dash, and Lisa Fischer.[1]

Richards recorded a re-worked acoustic version for the 1995 live album Stripped. Of the song he said at the time, "(When we recorded it for Stripped) we realized, 'Wow, that song kind of slipped away.' It just kind of tailed off at the end of Steel Wheels. We realized what potential it still had, and the band and especially the horn guys said, 'You've got to do that!' So in a way, I agreed to do it at gun point. But when I got into it, I really liked singing that song. It's got some depth."[1]

The Stones have since performed "Slipping Away" during the 1995 leg of the Voodoo Lounge Tour, the 2002-2003 Licks Tour throughout the 2005-2007 A Bigger Bang Tour, and on the 14 On Fire tour with former guitarist Mick Taylor guesting.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Slipping Away". Time Is On Our Side. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 

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